Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Project Quilting #4 ~ Brighter the better

The 4th challenge over at Project Quilting is Brighter the Better. Although the sun has come out a bit more in February than painfully dreary January, it is still dull out. So I aimed to create a rainbow blossom out of my solid stash. 
After pulling out all my bright solids, I started pairing a bright light and a bright dark of each color. When I had 9 color pairs, I started cutting 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles and arranging them around a yellow center. 
The only color pairs I wasn't sure of the placement was the tangerine/red pair. I ended up placing the tangerine on the outside as shown below. 
The quilt top came together quickly once the placement was finished. Then the decision of what to use from my stash for the back. I found this bright Hawaiian print which came from my mother's stash. I think it works great!
Introducing Rainbow Blossom!
For the quilting, I divided the quilt into quarters diagonally and quilted straight lines every 1/2". The binding is a black and white stripe.
This little quilt is 20" square and made by me in Des Plaines, IL.
Linking up to Project Quilting over at Persimon Dreams.

Rainbow Blossoms brightens my world and makes me smile! 
Hope it brightens your day too!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Progress Made

I just wanted to give a little update as to what I have been doing since the beginning of February (which seems to be flying by).
I mentioned that the color for February for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at So Scrappy is Sea Green, anything from teal to aqua....I made 5 mini spools using various blue greens.
These are fun mini blocks to make but sad to say they don't use up too many scraps. Last summer I found this giant spool that I thought I may paint and use in the garden. Kinda fun for this photo shoot. 
I'm also participating in the Milky Way QAL over at Blossom Heart Quilts and using the same color selection as RSC. 
The second star in the Milky Way is Canopus.
And finally one of my OMG for February was to make a wallhanging for my daughter out of one of the UFO Halloween blocks from the Wicked blog hop.
I added the word EEK! to the spiderweb and a dowel pocket for hanging, then sandwiched and quilted it.
Out of season but we will be visiting in March and will take it to her.
Now to get busy with the Project Quilting Challenge for this week!
Linking up to SoScrappy and Oh Scrap!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Goals

Looking back at my goals set in January, I made a lot of progress!
 As I showed in my post about my OMG finished January goals, I completed 2 of the projects that I had listed. Yay!
I also had time to work on my Chicago Cubs quilt. The pattern for this one is the economy block. In making this block there are lots of points and those points often get pushed down into your machine when starting to sew. So I decided to try what others have been talking about...a leader/ender project. 
Way back in August 2014, I made this baby quilt for my niece's daughter. 
Somehow, I cut way too many squares and they have been stacked on the shelf in my sewing room ever since. So I decided to cut them up and use them for my leader/ender project. 
So in making all the rest of my Chicago Cubs blocks and the alternate baseball blocks, I also finished the leader/ender quilt top.
My goal will be to sandwich and quilt this baby blanket. 
This will probably be a donation quilt.
My Chicago Cubs quilt is also waiting in the flimsy stage. I ordered some backing fabric for it.
Next goal will be to sandwich and quilt it.
Still waiting for some attention is my Sail Away quilt.
I need to decide if I want to piece the back or use one piece. 

My goal will be to move this quilt forward in the next month.
A smaller project that I will work on is a UFO block from 2012. As part of the Wicked Blog Hop I created this spider web block. 
My daughter is interested in it as a Halloween wall hanging. 
I would like to finish it and bring it when we head down to Austin in March.
So my goal for February will be the baby quilt, the Halloween wallhanging and moving my Sail Away quilt forward. 
And as always, keeping up with RSC and the Milky Way QAL. This month's color is sea green and the star is Canopus. Stay tuned!
Linking up to OMG at Elm Street Quilts.

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Project Quilting #3~Purple Stained Glass

The 3rd challenge for Project Quilting is Tune into Texture. The challenge was to find some inspiration from something other than other quilts. 
Over my quilting years, I have been interested in company logos and how many of them could be made into quilts. I looked through some of the pictures I collected for a geometric logo, then got out my graph paper and pencil and went to work designing.
I used the logo from Prairie Research Center. You can see it here. 
I drew up the block to be about a 22" square.
Their logo uses 7 different blues. I didn't want to copy their logo just play with the design so I made it with 7 different shades of purple. 
I then added borders made with linen to add a different texture. I also quilted a different pattern into each area (another chance to practice FMQ). To give it a stained glass affect, I added narrow black bias tape to separate each shape hence the name, Purple Stained Glass.  
 The borders are quilted with a 'chevron' stitch. It is basically an elongated zig zag stitch. The finished size of this quilt is approx. 35" x 41".
The backing fabric is fabric from my stash.  
Created in Des Plaines, IL
Linking up to Project Quilting. Go check out the other entries.


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

January Goal Üpdate

January has been a good month for sewing for me! I had the first week off of work because my school didn't go back from Christmas break until January 9th and January 16th was off as we observed Martin Luther King, Jr Day. 
This added up to lots of sewing time toward reaching my goals!

On my January 4, 2017 post I listed several of my goals for 2017. 
I joined the One Monthly Goal challenge over at Elm Street Quilts and chose my delectable mountain quilt as my January goal: 
My goal will be to finish the blocks, decide on a border or not, and get it to the flimsy stage.  

Not only did I meet my goal but I surpassed it! 
It is amazing what a deadline (and a lot of sewing time) can do for you! 
I finished all the blocks, decided on a 1/4" inner border of purple and a 2" outer border of black, sandwiched, quilted and bound this quilt!

The only thing left is to label it!
Although we have had very few sunny days,
 I took advantage of last Saturday's sun (we have not seen the sun since) 
to do a photo shoot. 
Presenting Splendid!
I quilted this quilt with organic straight lines about 1/2" apart from the top to the bottom inside the borders.
The outer border is also quilted in organic straight lines (seen in detail photo above).
The backing of this quilt was pieced with a fabric I had in my stash and the remaining scraps from the floral print. I really like how the back coordinated together!
The binding is left over scraps from the backing of my 
This quilt finishes at 55 1/2" x 65"...a nice nice throw. 

Another of the goals I mentioned was #5: 
learn to crochet a border around it (flannel) for a sweet receiving blanket. 
Taking a break from the crochet blanket that I have been working on at my Knitting Club, I started crocheting an edge around a piece of flannel. I have made several crocheted edged fleece blankets using yarn but not flannel using pearl cotton. Some differences are: fleece doesn't ravel and with fleece, I rotary cut holes along the edge with my skip blade. 
I started by squaring off the flannel, then rounding the corner and finally serging around the edge. 
With pearl cotton and a steel hook, I started crocheting the edge with a stitch that kind of looked like a rose bud.
The pattern I followed said that you could push through the fabric with the hook but I found it difficult so I used a large needle to start the hole. I crocheted every 1/4" (eyeballed) around. It used a lot more thread than I thought that I actually ran out of pearl cotton. 
I couldn't find the same color so I used a coordinating color. Why not? We make scrappy binding for our quilts! Can you see the 3 colors I used?
This baby blanket finished at 33 1/2" x 38"
over at Elm Street Quilts. Linking up at Em's Scrapbag ~ Moving it Forward.
How did you do with your goals?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Project Quilting ~ Challenge 2

The second challenge for Project Quilting was announced last Sunday 
~ Carolina Lily.  
I really wasn't much of a fan but a challenge is a challenge!
 So I set myself doing a little google research. 
I didn't want to do a traditional block so I decided I would do a more modern version focusing on the blossom. 
I drew up a 6" paper pieced block on graph paper. 
I made 3 of the blossoms this size in a bright yellow orange (Kona paprika) with the bottom triangle being a bright green (Kona grass). To make the colors pop, I set them on a black background. 
While playing on my design wall with the layout I decided to make one more block that was 8" in size. So I enlarged the 6" block to 8" and using the same colors made one more block. 
After finalizing a layout, I began the puzzle of fitting in the remaining background pieces. 
This is what I came up with in the end.
The layout gave me plenty of negative space to practice some FMQ. I followed several tutorials from Lori over at The Inbox Jaunt. I used 3 different colors of threads, black, green, and bright yellow. 
You can see the quilting better from the back (besides the yellow Ü)
This little quilt finishes at 20" x 22"
Linking up to Project Quilting at Persimmon Dreams.
Created in Des Plaines, IL

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Block for 2017

I have decided to make small spool blocks for my RSC this year. With January's color being purple, I pulled out my purple scrap bin and found 4 different purples. I arrange 6 of each to make the 'thread' for the spools. I used brown scraps for the spool top and bottom. 
These spool blocks will finish at 4" x 5". They don't use a lot of scraps so I may decide on another block...
Can I afford to start another project???
Head over to So Scrappy for other RSC projects. 
Also linking to SoScrap!

I did join the Milky Way QAL over at Blossom Heart Quilts. The first star block is called Sirius. This QAL will coincide with the RSC if I choose to do the monthly stars in the monthly color. Brilliant! Here it Sirius in purple!

I have been working on my 2017 goals as stated a few posts back. It helped that I had a full week off before school started. It was a nice jump start to accomplishing my goals. More to come....